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Woodlands councillor hopes for peace in area after land invasion attempt

Residents said they were tired of waiting for the City of Cape Town to provide them with housing.

A dismantled shack. Picture: @REDANTS_CT/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The ward councillor in Woodlands, Mitchells Plain says she's hopeful that there will be continued peace in the area despite land invasion attempts over the weekend.

Some residents, who are mostly backyard dwellers, marked out plots on a few parcels of vacant land in Woodlands. They erected structures made of different building materials, all under the watchful gaze of law enforcement officials, who attempted to break down some structures.

Residents said they were tired of waiting for the City of Cape Town to provide them with housing.

Ward councillor Joan Woodman says that her main focus is on ensuring there is continued peace in the area, following violent clashes between protesting residents from Siqalo informal settlement and Mitchells Plain residents a few weeks ago.

Woodman says that the steering committee, comprised of community leaders from Siqalo and Mitchells Plain, has been working towards finding solutions for the conflict.

"We are definitely on top of things. We have been meeting regularly and we'll be meeting this week. They are in touch with me and continuously engage to see how we can remedy the situation."